Forces from Libya’s National Transitional Council said on Saturday they had begun swarming into Muammar Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte.
Officials said NATO warplanes were providing support to the ground troops as they raced towards the centre of the coastal town in pick-up trucks mounted with machine guns.
NATO said their air attacks targeted a number of sites including an ammunition depot.
Meanwhile Interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has given his first address to the United Nations telling diplomats that “a new Libya is coming to life.”
Referring to a request to lift sanctions that were imposed on the Gadaffi regime, he said: “The assets freeze on our funds must be lifted as urgently as possible.”
His speech, which was widely welcomed by diplomats, was a stark contrast to Gaddafi’s infamous 2009 address – which saw many delegates walk out, as he ripped up a copy of the UN charter and ranted at officials for more than 90 minutes.